This god wants to know why his WordPress install is just a blog, not a full website

WordPress for Business: the Myths

WordPress is JUST for blogs

In ancient times, people got a bit spooked by things they didn’t understand. Lightning. Fire. Puberty. Coleslaw. Just about everything had mythological (and not entirely factual) explanations. Today, we’ve replaced those gods with technology platforms like iOS and WordPress. But in the process, these platforms have developed their own mythology. In this series, we investigate the truth beyond some of WordPress’s most persistent myths. Read more WordPress myths here.

I’m not looking to start a blog. I want a website. Isn’t WordPress for blogs?

STATUS: False.

Not at all! WordPress can be used for most types of websites. Millions of people use WordPress for business sites, online portals, apps and more.

A WordPress site HAS to have a blog

Do I need to include a blog on my WordPress site?

STATUS: False-ish. WP is built on a blog architecture, but is highly customizable in the right hands.

Again, not at all (with a little setup). WordPress can make it easy to manage whatever content you have – pages, blogs, pdfs, recipes or what-have-you.

WordPress is clunky and dated

When WordPress first came out, Adobe Flash was powering whole websites. WordPress is 12 years old. Put it on the iceberg already.

STATUS: False. In truth, it’s as clunky as you make it.

The reason why WordPress has lasted so long is because it is fundamentally different from proprietary tech like Flash. With its flexible structure and open-source licensing, it’s managed to grow a huge developer base and as such remain relevant. Check out WordPress on W3techs.com. As of 2015, it dominates the CMS market. It’s also been steadily growing for years and shows no sign of slowing down.

The WordPress core HAS grown over the years to include major new functionality; however, the team at Automattic have done a fantastic job of keeping it quick, manageable and well-documented.

WordPress is easy to hack

Use WordPress? I might as well just GIVE my password away to Russian hackers.

STATUS: False-ish (Constant vigilance, Potter!)

Like any popular platform such as iOS or Windows, WordPress sites experience a lot of security threats.  . And WordPress ecommerce sites get hit more than the rest. But there are many, many ways to harden your site. Since the majority of attempts are automatic bots seeking weak sites without such hardening, any security at all (and a strong password) makes you safe from most typical attacks. Likewise, keeping the WordPress core and plugins up-to-date is also an extremely important practice. Above and beyond that, we recommend taking steps like moving your login URL and wp-config.php file to a non-standard location, as well as ensuring that you don’t have ‘admin’ as a default admin username. Thankfully, these are all things that can be handled by many of the great security plugins available. But to do it right, we recommend letting a professional help you as it’s very easy to ‘lock yourself out’ by over securing the site.

Just remember to always get regular backups.

Side tip and brazen self-promotion: If you’re looking for inexpensive, long-term security and maintenance and tweaking solutions for WordPress, get in contact with us!

This god wants to know why his WordPress install is just a blog, not a full website

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